Join the Big Pathwatch – Ramblers’

Join the Big Pathwatch – Ramblers’

The Ramblers' 80th anniversary is being held this year and to celibrate this, the charity is launching an ambitious project called the Big Pathwatch. The Ramblers' goal is to survey every right of way on the OS map in England and Wales this year and release their findings next Spring. So that they can survey such a vast number of paths in such a short period of time, the charity wants  members and the general public to through on their walking shoes and help! Participants select a grid square and walk every path…continue reading →
School Holidays, are you ready for outdoor adventure? Try these 50 Things to do Before You’re 11&3/4

School Holidays, are you ready for outdoor adventure? Try these 50 Things to do Before You’re 11&3/4

In conjuction with The National Trust, say hello to the great outdoors! Crazy creatures, awesome antics, hidden treasures! Thrills, hills, sun and fun, there's everything you need for an excellent adventure this summer! The National Trust have put together a list of great challenges; the ultimate 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 years old. Join up to the 50 things website today (it's free to join) and start your outdoors adventure today! www.nationaltrust.org.uk/50things With so much stuff to do there is just no way the kids will get bored this summer!!continue reading →
How to avoid running injuries

How to avoid running injuries

There is nothing more disapointing to a runner than suffering an injury. Days, Weeks, months, and even years of training and fitness can go out the wondow if you slip on the ice, turn over your ankle, or a chronic overuse injury. I'm writing this with experience of chronic over use. Running Injured Sports scientists say between 30 and 80% of regular runners, amateur or Pro have an injury in a given year. Other fitness experts narrow that to nearly 70% of all runners will become injured at some point. The chances are,…continue reading →
A Beginner’s Guide to Walking and Hiking

A Beginner’s Guide to Walking and Hiking

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. The photo above reminds me of the two friends Frodo and Sam as they set out from the shire on there big adventure, not knowing whats around the corner. When you think of proper walking or hiking, you probably picture a group of people with walking boots, walking sticks (ski sticks), oversized backpacks, looking…continue reading →
Essential tips for your first-time wild camping

Essential tips for your first-time wild camping

Photo above from Coleman Tents. Camping wild is something everyone should experience in my eyes, however there are some very simple gold rules to remember. Here are my top tips for wild camping to that you have a great trip and a wonderful nights sleep under the stars. 1 Where in the countryside are you allowed to wild camp in the UK? Scotland is the only location where you can legally camp in the wild. England, Wales and Northern Ireland you need to ask the landowner’s permission. However in many hills areas such…continue reading →
Holidaying with mans best friends

Holidaying with mans best friends

My dogs are very much part of my family, so why would I leave them at home when I go on holiday? Well I don't! Over the years I have spent a great deal of time hunting the internet for dog friendly holiday accommodation in the UK. Some pleaces have been good, offering just what they state on their websites. Some places very poor, saying they are dog friendly only to get there and find all sorts of restrictions. Then a few places have stood out from the crowd not only been stunning…continue reading →
Making the most of a summers evenings

Making the most of a summers evenings

Watching the warm glowing light of another days sunset spill over the horizon will make you stop for just a minute and appreciate life. You really do need to get out in the evenings this time of year and enjoy the extra light. With day light well past 10pm in Hampshire at the moment, its just a waste sitting at home. June and July produces some amazing sights if you just take a second to stop and look. With a massive array of wild flowers, bumble bees, butterflys, lady birds and so much more.…continue reading →
Little Darcey

Little Darcey

Darcey is a very special little dog in my family. She was a rescue dog, only 9 or so months old when we got her. She was a confussed and very nervious little girl, dribbled alot and very anxious. There was only one way to really handle her and turn her in to the great dog and friend that she is now. We through her in the deep end. Darcey is a Sprollie, Border Collies and Springer Spaniels cross. They thrive within a busy, active family environment but require you to spend plenty of…continue reading →
The River Test

The River Test

The River Test is probabily the Test Valley and Hampshire's finest chalk stream. It's world famous for its superb trout fishing. The Test Way footpath and cycle way follows the banks for alot of it's run of 44 mile. The Test way starts from the dramatic, high chalk downs at Inkpen down to Eling where its tidal waters flow into Southampton Water. The crystal-clear waters are a haven for wildlife, ideal for watercress growers. Many wild birds and plants can be seen right along the River Test, kingfishers, Marsh Harriers and Litlle Grebe,…continue reading →